#AskUsAnything this Dementia Action Week
Many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to someone living with dementia, yet a friendly face or listening ear can make the world of difference. This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking!
Our research shows that every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia. Despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.
‘All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us’
Dementia Action Week will be brought to life by showing kids asking people with dementia profound and funny questions to challenge misconceptions and show that people with dementia, although they have struggles, are still themselves and all people need to do is ask.
We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But Alzheimer’s Society is here to provide information and tips on how you can start a conversation. Visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW
Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot. Seeing friends and loved ones brings feelings of happiness and comfort, and the ‘emotional memory’ remains with people living with dementia long after the memory of the visit may have gone.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
Visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW to learn more about dementia and find the answers to the questions you’re too awkward to ask.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week (20-26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.
Starting a conversation is just the beginning. Unite with us against dementia. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW. #AskUsAnything #DAW2019
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Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
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The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
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